The Bills' defense kept the reigning NFC champs off the board in the opening 15 minutes and the offense moved the ball well on its only drive of the quarter, but a punt from well within Falcons' territory kept zeroes on the scoreboard.
The Bills moved the ball 53 yards on the drive – including picking up third and 17 on a screen pass to LeSean McCoy – to get down to the Falcons' 31 before a sack sent them backward. But faced with fourth and long from the 38, Sean McDermott punted instead of attempting what would be about a 56-yard field goal.
Bills punter Colton Schmidt and the special teamers have bailed McDermott out of some uninspiring calls this year, and this was another example. The field-goal attempt would've been long, but they were in a dome with a chance to take the lead on the road, knowing that Steven Hauschka connected from 49, 53 and 55 yards a week ago.
Schmidt's punt was downed by Taiwan Jones at the 1-yard line, which is as good as it gets ... you know, aside from putting points on the board. The Bills haven't scored on their first possession yet this year.
Anderson down: Bills safety Colt Anderson was ruled out with an arm injury he picked up in the first quarter.